Friday, 20 August 2010

The Water of Leith



....In the spring of this year six new sculptures by Anthony Gormley were placed in the Water of Leith. They start from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Of course we started the walk the wrong way round seeing the figure looking out to sea at Leith, but it was a really good walk. At Stockbridge someone has dressed one of the figures in a red flowered dress ! I imagine there will be a lot more of that sort of thing because they are all within reach. It'd been great seeing new and old art works in the city, quite inspiring....although most of my work when I get back home will be gilding....lots of gilding. I've been told that gilders are in short supply..of course being in the painting trade I can think of quite a few! I also popped into a local Clock restorers to find that I may well receive some dials from him. I thought I might live too far away but he used to send them to Norfolk !
Goes to show it's always worth carrying a business card.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

auld Reekie


Hello, I'm lucky enough to be spending some time up in Edinburgh..and yes the Festival is on so it's buzzing.Edinburgh was known as Auld Reekie before the clean air act...There are so many chimneys so the smog in the city must have been terrible. Last week I visited the National Gallery to see Impressionist Gardens. A great exhibition made better because I was on my own and so could spend as long as I liked looking. Seating in the exhibition had copies of their book about the Impressionist Gardens, although very nice it just reminded me of how often prints just don't manage to get the true colours. Especially noticeable when you have the real paintings in front of you. One painting was very pink in the book but pale and grey in reality, I loved the original but if I'd only seen the printed image I wouldn't have liked it. Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Klimt were all there and very inspiring both to want to start painting and to pick a garden fork up! Goodness knows what my garden looks like after being away from it for two weeks ! Well plenty more for me to see while I'm up here...
The picture shown is The Artists' Garden, By Monet...The sky is beautiful

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